Sha’Carri calls out the Olympics!
Richardson had some words for the Olympics committee in regard to Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva, 15, who was allowed the opportunity to stay and compete after testing positive for the banned heart drug Trimetazidine. The athlete expressed her criticism in lieu of not being allowed to compete in the 2021 Summer Olympics after testing positive for marijuana.
The U.S. track and field star took the world by storm last year with a winning time of 10.86 in the 2020 U.S. Olympic trials, qualifying her for Tokyo in the 100-meter individual race. Unfortunately, Richardson would later test positive for marijuana with Jenna Prandini taking her place.
The 21-year-old responded to a USA TODAY video clip revealing the Court of Arbitration for Sports’ decision to allow Valieva to compete in this year’s Winter Olympics.
“Can we get a solid answer on the difference of her situation and mines? My mother died and I can’t run and was also favored to place top 3. The only difference I see is I’m a black young lady.” Richardson responded.
Can we get a solid answer on the difference of her situation and mines? My mother died and I can’t run and was also favored to place top 3. The only difference I see is I’m a black young lady. https://t.co/JtUfmp3F8L
— Sha’Carri Richardson (@itskerrii) February 14, 2022
Richardson explained that used marijuana to cope with her mother’s death, which she found out while at the Olympic trials. The athlete would continue to call out the Olympics for, what she feels, is a huge double standard.
“It’s all in the skin…Btw THC definitely is not a performance enhance!!!!” She continued.
Sarah Hirshland, the CEO for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, issued a statement saying the organization was “disappointed by the message this decision sends” in regard to the ruling by CAS:
Attributable to USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland: pic.twitter.com/wbGUIR67eS
— USOPC News (@USOPC_News) February 14, 2022
Hirshland and Richardson were not the only ones who were disappointed in the Olympics decision to let Valieva compete. It was not long after social media heard the news that the public began to point out a discretion in the Olympic’s decision as well.
How tf does that work Sha’Carri Richardson smoked weed as an adult after facing the death of her mom was outed by a bch as Journalist just to be disqualified but y’all gonna let a 15 year old juicer on Steroids still compete. How tf is that fair.
— Alexis Gaiter (@AlexisGaiter) February 14, 2022
Sha’Carri Richardson was prohibited from competing at Olympics due to out-of-competition positive of drug unrelated to sport performance.
Kamila Valieva is being allowed to compete at Olympics although she had in-competition positive of drug clearly related to sport performance. pic.twitter.com/pz8upIWQXs
— Neal Rogers (@nealrogers) February 14, 2022
Sha’Carri Richardson: Tests positive for pot (which is not performance enhancing)
•Banned from Olympics
Kamila Valieva: Tests positive for Trimetazidine (which increases blood flow to heart)
•Approved for Olympics
I can’t qwhite put my finger on the difference here🤔 pic.twitter.com/kZhJjWIfhI
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) February 14, 2022
How inconsistent can the IOC be? Can’t help thinking of Sha’Carri Richardson banned from competition last summer for a non-performance enhancing drug, and her gracious reaction to the ruling; accepting the consequences of her actions following the death of her mother. https://t.co/Nc9xgivR2v
— Bertha Coombs (@berthacoombs) February 14, 2022
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